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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Technical and Professional Communication, M.S.

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Master of Science Degree The graduate program in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) is a 30-credit, online degree program designed for working professionals. The program attracts students who wish to work as technical communicators in industry, manage document production groups, or those intending to professionalize their communication skills to be more competitive in the job market.

Flexibility. This program can be completed around your schedule, whether you need to enroll part-time or full-time.

Quality Instruction. Program faculty have experience teaching in online environments, and the program is evaluated yearly to help ensure that students receive quality instruction.

Variety. The program offers a wide variety of courses including rhetorical theory, usability and user-centered design, communication strategies for emerging media, visual rhetoric, project management, and international technical communication.


To apply for the program, candidates need to apply to the UW-Stout Graduate School. To complete the application, e-mail a Statement of Goals, Resume, and Portfolio with Reflective Statements to the program director (see website). These additional application materials will be used during the admission selection process.

To gain full admission to the program, the program selection committee requires that the applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 GPA. The committee favors those students with academic and workplace experience writing and designing documents and those with keen interests in professionalizing their communication practices.


The requirements for this degree include (a) minimum of at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, with a minimum of 15 credits at 700-level or above; (b) approval for degree candidacy at the appropriate time; (c) program requirements must be completed in seven years or less; and (d) course distribution as follows:

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 30 credits  
Core Courses 12 credits  
Selected Studies 15 credits  
Independent Research 3-6 credits  

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